Tayside and Central Scotland

Marchers celebrate Stirling Bridge victory

Stirling Bridge march/Pic: Duncan Kirkhope
Image caption Marchers commemorated Wallace leading his troops to a famous victory

Hundreds of Scots have marched to mark William Wallace's victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

About 300 people were expected to walk from Stirling Castle to the city's Auld Brig, where Wallace's troops beat the English on 11 September 1297.

They were being led by the pipes and drums of Alloa Bowmar Pipe Band to the north bank of the bridge.

Wreaths were being laid by the Society of William Wallace, who want a monument at the historic site.

Image caption Scots had gathered from all over the world for the event in Stirling

Organiser Ted Christopher said: "It is important that we never forget our heroes and keep the spirit of Wallace alive.

"The Battle of Stirling Bridge was one of Scotland's great victories, but this is only the second march to commemorate the events of 11 September 1297.

"About 300 people, including some from France, Canada, Australia, Argentina and the United States, will be taking part."

The gathering at the Auld Brig pays tribute to the late historian and convener of the Society of William Wallace, David R Ross, who died in January this year, aged 51.

A plaque is being unveiled on the north bank of the river, fixed below a tree planted in 1997 to mark the 700th anniversary of the battle.

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